Holding Politicians Accountable

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Politico Magazine: The Art of the Fat Cat

Fun photo essay on money in politics editorial cartoons through history, including this from the 1870s: 

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This segment from John Oliver on Dr. Oz and the dietary supplement industry is hilarious. One of our favorite lines, on how the industry fights regulations: “Because companies have access to the one genuinely, truly effective wonder drug. It’s called lobbying, and here’s how the science works.”

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Schlepping from here to New York to L.A. to Chicago to New Orleans to Miami to, my God, I don’t know where. Ten thousand here, 20,000 there, 15,000 there. Boy. I don’t miss that.
Retiring U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), explaining that the constant chase for campaign cash is one reason Congress is so dysfunctional. (Los Angeles Times)

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In lobbying, the name of the game is fundraising, that’s all they care about with us. Sure, we can give them advice, but if we aren’t contributing, what are we doing? If we’re not contributing, we don’t deserve a seat at the table.
A Republican lobbyist on K Street befriending new House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. (The Hill)

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Because nothing says romance like a political fundraiser: 

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) is using her upcoming 30th wedding anniversary to raise some dough for her IRL PAC leadership PAC. “IRL PAC invites you to Ileana & Dexter’s 30 Year Wedding Anniversary Pearl Fundraiser,” announces an invite obtained by PI. Celebrating the Florida Republican’s wedding anniversary will cost a cool $5,000 for a table of 10 or $1,000 per couple. The fundraiser celebration will be held July 12th in Miami. 

(Via Politico Influence)

Because nothing says romance like a political fundraiser: 

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) is using her upcoming 30th wedding anniversary to raise some dough for her IRL PAC leadership PAC. “IRL PAC invites you to Ileana & Dexter’s 30 Year Wedding Anniversary Pearl Fundraiser,” announces an invite obtained by PI. Celebrating the Florida Republican’s wedding anniversary will cost a cool $5,000 for a table of 10 or $1,000 per couple. The fundraiser celebration will be held July 12th in Miami. 

(Via Politico Influence)

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